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Last updateTue, 22 Aug 2017 3pm

Boyko signs with Tri-City Americans of WHL


    A Drumheller goalie was selected in the third round of the WHL Bantam Draft and signed with the Tri-City Americans.
  Talyn Boyko, 14, son of Kelly and Sharla, has been playing Bantam AAA Hockey at the Pursuit of Excellence academy in Kelowna.  He was the 53rd pick overall in the Bantam Draft, and then signed with the team.
    “He was really excited to go to Tri-City, it was one of the places he wanted to go, it is a good franchise with lots of opportunities,” said his father Kelly.
    This year his team, the Bantam Prep team won the CSSHL with Talyn in net. He had a 13-2 record with a 2.90 GGA and .896 save percentage. He notched two shutouts.
    “13 of the top 22 guys drafted came out of the CSSHL,” said Kelly, and 12 players came from the Pursuit of Excellence Academy.
    “He played lots and had a really good year,” said Kelly. “He was really fortunate to be part of that great group of guys and it was an honour to be drafted by Tri-City, It’s a great organization.”
    The Tri-City Americans play out of Kennewick Washington and plays in the US Division of the WHL along with Seattle and Everett, Portland and Spokane. Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens is a Tri-City Alumni.
    This doesn’t mean he is off to the big league just yet. This coming season he will stay at the Pursuit of Excellence and play Major Midget AAA.
    “He will go to the camp at Tri-City at the end of August,” said Kelly.
    A 15-year-old can only play five games in the WHL, so the following season he hopes to work hard and carve out a spot on the roster.
    “It will be tough, but that is his dream and the first step towards his ultimate goal,” said Kelly. “It’s a stepping stone to the next level.”

Baseball season begins for the Drumheller girls softball teams.

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Pictured above: Alicia Christensen pitching for the U14 Vipers girls softball team playing against the Trochu White Sox on home turf at the Newcastle Ball Diamonds. (mailphoto by Terri Huxley)

Hey batter batter! The Drumheller girls softball team’s season began last Monday with the season beginning on May 1, as the U14 Pure Venom team played Delburne on home turf in Newcastle.

The league consists of girls ages six to 18 in teams classified as U8, U10, U12, U14, & U16.

President of the Drumheller Girls Softball Association (DGSA) Board, Kent Jensen spoke with the Mail about how the teams are shaping up this year.

“It’s fun – they’re all a bunch of great kids,” said Jensen.

This year, the league has two U8 teams, a U10 team, two U12 teams, two U14 teams, and a U16 team. A U18 team could not be made this year as there was not enough interest so with the U16 girls, they hope to come up and take on the new level of play in the following years to come.

“A lot of the girls from the U16 team next year will go up to that so then maybe we can get enough to set another team up, we can start all over again with that one,” said Jensen.

Jensen contributes the steady incline in interest over the past few years to the popularity in the Toronto Blue Jays as well as players recruiting friends at school or other gatherings.

“It’s just starting to take off again and I think with everybody not travelling everywhere, kind of sticking around home with the way that things have been – it’s not an expensive sport,” said Jensen.

For the U8’s, registration with everything included is only $50.

As president, Jensen is in charge of team and umpire schedules, times, location and registration.

“I need to make sure that everybody else that’s on that diamond is practicing somewhere else that day so that they can actually play their games without any interruption,” said Jensen.

“It’s been an eye opener but no it’s been good,” said Jensen.

Jensen looks forward to seeing the older teams engage and set goals to reach provincials.

“The more teams we can get in there would be ideal,” said Jensen.  

Drumheller itself is in the central Alberta league which includes Hanna, Trochu, Elnora, Delburne, Sylvan Lake, Lacombe, Red Deer.

“It’s fairly widespread,” said Jensen.

The Drumheller U16 girls may have competition this year but is debatable depending on which group they get put into.

“Last year it was Elnora and they took provincials so then they had to go up a level,” said Jensen.

Although the board has no plans for an at-home tournament this season, they are gunning to host provincials next year. Each zone brings roughly two to three teams which could lead to more money coming into the town.

“We were maybe going to start planning and host provincials next year instead of a tournament – we thought we would do the big one and try to host provincials for next year,” said Jensen.

You can catch all the action at the Newcastle Diamonds or little league diamond near the Badlands Community Facility (BCF) on Monday’s and Wednesday’s.

The updated schedule on the website can be found here.

Girls rugby back at DVSS

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    The DVSS girls Rugby team is back on the field for another season, building camaraderie and having fun.
    DVSS has fielded a team since 2014, although last season they teamed up with a Strathmore team because they were short on numbers. It was opportune as they went on to earn a provincial silver medal. They are back on the pitch and enjoying the game.
    “They love the contact! It will surprise you how quickly they adjust to the physical aspect of the game. They also love the team aspect, you are taking girls from all different walks of life and getting them to work together on a common goal,” said coach Ryan Hatch. “I love how this game breaks down the barriers that divide so many of our kids these days, they have to work together to be successful and they get to know each other on a much different level.”
    The popularity of the game has been on the rise over the last few years, especially in the women’s ranks. Coach Hatch attributes that to international success.
    “I think there have been quite a few things that have raised interest but the most prevalent would have been the Canadian women’s 15’s making it to the Women’s Rugby World Cup Finals in 2014-2015,” said Hatch. “It showed a lot of these young women that this game is attainable for each of them. Quite a few of the girls on that team came through programs here in Alberta.”
    He says one value that is learned on the rugby pitch is teamwork.
    “I tell the girls that rugby is the ultimate team sport because no one person can win the game for you, teammates are critical,” he said.
    “This team is a melting pot of cultures, we have a few girls that grew up here in Drumheller on the team but then we have a young lady from Mexico and a few girls from Nigeria on the team.”
    While there is no league, they have been busy organizing exhibition teams from throughout the area.    
    “A league is something that we are looking at doing in the next year or so, but right now we are just playing exhibition games.  Yes, it is hard to find games when you are outside of a major center like Calgary,” he said.
 This Thursday the team is hosting Hanna. Game time is 5 p.m. After that, they are arranging an exhibition match versus a Calgary team the following week.